Ports & Vessel Traffic Services Policy Manager – Maritime & Coastguard Agency


The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are currently looking for a passionate maritime professional to join them as the Ports & Vessel Traffic Services Policy Manager. The successful applicant will lead and manage a small team to ensure the MCAs responsibilities, under the Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) and as National Competent Authority for Vessel Traffic Services (VTS)/ Vessel Traffic Monitoring (VTM) related issues, are met; including successfully implementing national policy from international bodies.

The Ports & Vessel Traffic Services Policy Manager will be the subject matter expert and primary contact point for Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) enquires within the MCA. They will oversee the efficient provision of support and advice to the Department for Transport for ports policy, including technical advice on the composition and application of the code and other ports related queries.

The role holder will engage with a variety of stakeholder with regards the Ports and VTS industry, will manage and conduct audits of VTS centres, training organisations and a scheme of Port Marine Safety Code (PMSC) health checks on ports and marine facilities. They will monitor trends, compliance and encouraging UK ports to adopt/comply with the PMSC, providing expert guidance to enable them to better integrate the PMSC with their port operations.

The Ports & Vessel Traffic Services Policy Manager will provide and co-ordinate expert technical advice to MCA colleagues and other branches of government on Port and VTS/VTM matters and will represent the MCA on various committees, bodies and forums such as the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

This is a really interesting and varied role which offers the opportunity to be at the centre of feeding technical expertise into UK government policy on ports and VTS matters, influencing and guiding the direction of positive maritime industry change on an international scale in hot topic areas such as decarbonisation and future fuels in UK ports.

The Technical Services Navigation Branch is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working to further safety in the maritime domain. As such it is the aim of the branch to recruit and retain talent by maintaining a family friendly environment and excellent work life balance.

This role can be based in any of the advertised offices. MCA supports flexible working and operates a hybrid working model between home and office for this role, giving you greater flexibility over where and when you work. Details of the arrangement will be discussed further with your line manager. This role offers an excellent opportunity for a maritime professional to improve their work/life balance with a less disruptive work pattern.

Closing date: 11:55pm on Monday 27 March 2023.

Ref: 268614

Salary: £50,238 – £55,997

New entrants to the Civil Service are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band. This role also attracts an allowance of up to £3,000.

Job grade: Grade 7

Location: Aberdeen, Belfast, Cardiff, Hull, Liverpool, Southampton

Application Link: Ports & Vessel Traffic Services Policy Manager Vacancy

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